Barony Place Playgroup

Playgroup  -  1959

Barony Place Playgroup, 1959

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickie on behalf of Broughton History Society                   Photographer not known


Barony Place


Thank you to John DIckie, on behalf of Broughton History Society, for allowing me to reproduce this photo, and to Grace Williamson who lent the photo to to the society.

The photo shows Barony Place Playgroup, which had its own hut in 1959.  John Dickie tells me that it was replaced by a Council Play Area some years ago.  Then, as a result of much planning, lobbying and grant-seeking by a determined group of local residents, Barony Community Garden opened on the same site in 2009.

Community Garden

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see an photograph of the Official Opening of the Barony Community Garden in 2009.

The stone wall in the photo  below is the same one as in the photo at the top of this page.

Barony Community Garden  -  Official Opening, 2009 ©

Acknowledgement:  John Dickie:  June 15, 2010



Ronny Elder

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Thank you to Ronnie Elder who wrote:

Barony Place Playgroup

"Looking at the photo closely, perhaps it was taken much earlier, considering the dress styles and haircuts, also the playthings, the tricycle and motor car seem to be also from an earlier period. Can you confirm"

Ronny Elder:  Kandy, Sri Lanka:  July 3, 2010

At first glance, I thought this photo might be earlier than 1959.

However, Bob Henderson has now replied.  See 'Update' 2 below.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 3, 2010



Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to Ronnie Elder who wrote:

Barony Place Playgroup

"The dress of the children seems to me to be consistent with the first date, 1959.

The girls all look like pictures I have of my daughter from that time and the boy holding the lady's hand looks as if he is wearing jeans. Also I don't think he would have been wearing long trousers much earlier than that.

The toys would have been donated by nursery families and may have belonged to the younger parents in the group"

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  July 3, 2010




Odette Thomas (née Downes)

San Jose, California, USA

Thank you to Odette Thomas who wrote:

Barony Place Playgroup

    Barony Place Playgroup, 1959 ©

"This photo of the Barony Street Playgroup caught my eye!  I'm in that photo from 1959. Friends who later attended London Street School are there also.

 I am standing in front with short hair."

Odette Thomas (née Downes), San Jose, California, USA
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  February 7, 2012



Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan who read 'Recollections 3 above and replied:

School Rivalry

"I read with interest Odette Thomas' recollection, and that she went to London Street School.

Barony Place and London Street School  were just down from my old school, St Mary's (York Lane).

As Odette will probably recall, there was always a rivalry between the two schools.    I'm sure that Odette will be dismayed to learn  that in the end St Mary's were the winners and that they have now taken over her old school building."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  February 11, 2012



Roddy Waldhelm

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Roddy Waldhelm, Leith, who replied


"I was interested to see the Barony playgroup picture from 1959 and pleased to hear from Odette who was my playmate at the nursery and school friend at London Street Primary.

I am the wee chap showing a complete lack of interest in the photographer, second from left behind the bench. My friend George Williamson is sitting in the toy car.

 Happy days!"

Roddy Waldhelm, Leith, Edinburgh:  January 21, 2014



Odette Thomas (née Downes)

San Jose, California, USA

Odette Thomas wrote Recollections 3 above, then wrote again after reading  Roddy Waldhelm's comments in Recollections 5 above.

Odette wrote



Omg!  I remember you well, and I remember George!  Standing next to you in this photo is Ethel Wood.

My family moved to Musselburgh from Albany Street when I was about 7 years old. I kept in touch with Ethel and Caroline James until half way through High School.

I remember attending Christmas and Birthday parties with you. Our mums were friends.

I remember the lady in charge at the nursery. She gave us cod liver oil on colored spoons!  It tasted awful.

Keep in touch.    Happy days!"

Odette Thomas (née Downes), San Jose, California, USA:  March 29, 2014
Odette emigrated to USA in 1982


Broughton Recollections